Breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to put safety first on motorway journeys, by always using the ‘two second rule’. This, says GEM, will ensure you keep a safe space in front of you and reduces the risk of ‘rear-ending’ the vehicle in front.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth offered some reassurance for drivers: “Motorways may be the fastest roads we use, but they are statistically also the safest; and there are fewer collisions on motorways than on other roads,” he said.
“However, the high speeds used on motorways mean that when there is a crash, it is likely to be more serious. That’s why on average around one in 50 motorway collisions is fatal, compared with one in 70 on all other roads1.”
The risks are greatest on motorways in the following situations:
GEM has compiled 10 tips for safer motorway driving: